Bodhi Art Gallery
Bodhi Gallery launches its fifth gallery (not counting its online gallery and counting the now-sealed Qutub Institutional Area Gallery) worldwide with a very contemporary show of established artists. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Grand Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon.
Headed by the Prasanna brothers, flautists Rajesh and Rishab, Swaash is a fusion band centred on compositions for the flute but incorporating voice and other acoustic and amplified instruments. For this fusion outing, they will be joined by Parvez Hussain on tabla and percussion, Anirban Ghosh on bass, Tridib Chaudhary on electric guitar, Nadeem Khan on vocals, Milind Trivedi on drums and Javed Hussain on the keys. 7pm. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, 14, Laxmi Nagar District Centre, Vikas Marg (4244-8840). Free.
G S Rajan
G.S. Rajan, a Grade I composer and flautist on All India Radio and Doordarshan and a recipient of the national award for best critic in 2004 from the minister of information and broadcasting, will perform at a concert this fortnight, accompanied by Lalgudi Sriganesh on the mrudangam and Ramu Kayamkulam on the tanpura. This concert is part of the ongoing HCL Concert Series. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
The film that conquered middle America and then proceeded to make many cry at the local PVR is back. Stunning landscapes and a tale of a love struggling to be free. Jack Gyllenhal and Heath Ledger star in this 2005 Academy Award winner. 3.30pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (2331-6841). Free. Carry photo ID.
Based on a real-life murder case that scandalized New Zealand in the 1950s, Peter Jackson’s movie marks a welcome change from the splatter of ‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Braindead’. Rather than focus on the final act of violence, the film explores the overheated encounter between two teenagers: clever, cocky Juliet (Kate Winslet), from a well-to-do English family, and pudgy, initially more-introspective Pauline (Melanie Lynskey), a working-class girl. The pair’s obsession with books, Mario Lanza, the fearsome Orson Welles and other “saints” leads them to create their own “Fourth World”, a medieval fantasy involving royal romance and bloody intrigue. But, when their parents decide that the friendship is “unhealthy”, the girls’ terror at the prospect of separation results in the daydreams invading reality. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour 38 minutes). The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs 70.
Shadow Puppet Workshop
Enter the magic world of shadows and stories. Puppeteer Anurupa Roy teaches children to make their own puppet plays using shadow puppetry. 4-6pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodi Estate (2468-2222). Age: 10-15. Fee: Rs 3,000.
Who is in Town Anyway?
For Neha Choksi, a sock isn’t merely a sock. It and other things that she procures from new Mumbai residents are part of Choksi’s project titled ‘Who is in Town Anyway?’ The idea for the show came to Choksi when she overheard someone saying that there was no one in town. She thought that was wrong; people come to town every day. Choksi plans to procure objects from people who have arrived in Mumbai in the last month, and accompany her artwork with a performance. “The point is not about depicting the reality of the people who have given me their things, but rather, to see how these objects can be transformed and adapted and adopted,” she said. 11am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (2281-0066).
Releasing 8 Jun
And then there were…13. When Steven Soderbergh remade ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ from the 1960 movie with the same name in 2001, few could have predicted that it would lead to a sequel and a threequel. Soderbergh has claimed that ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ is the last of the trilogy, but that’s what they said about ‘Rocky’. In ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’, Daniel Ocean and his cronies reassemble to help gang member Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould) recover his investment from crooked businessman Willy Banks (Al Pacino). In plotting Banks’ downfall, they join forces with Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the villain of parts I and II. Major cinemas.
Laya Project Live
Watch folk and classical musicians come together to perform a concert of traditional music from six countries affected by the tsunami that struck South Asia in December 2004. 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Tickets: Rs550, Rs350, Rs200, available at Rhythm House (2284-2835) and the venue.
While most Hindustani classical singers ignore the theoretical aspects of music and concentrate on learning performance techniques, Madhavi Nanal stands out with her independent efforts to study the classical texts. ‘Shastrapaksha’ (theory) and ‘kalapaksh’ (performance) “are the two spheres of musical training and they are not necessarily antithetical”, says Nanal. She plans to sing compositions in ragas Bilaskhani, Todi, Alhaiya Bilawal and Desi at her concert this fortnight. 10.30am. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshwarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga (W) (2437-7022). Free.
Dream Out Loud
‘Dream Out Loud’, which is made of two Indi-rock veterans—vocalist Suraj Jaggan, formerly of Krysys, and guitarist Chandresh Kudwa, formerly of Freedom—perform songs from their recently recorded debut album, ‘Human Race’. The duo will be joined on stage by bass player J.D. Thirumalai and drummer Lindsay D’Mello, both of whom play with Bombay Black. 10pm. Zenzi, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (6643-0670). Free.
A.R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’ has been done in English by Rahul da Cunha, in Hindi by Salim Arif and Gujarati by Naushil Mehta. Mehta’s play returns to the stage with Arundhati Nag. Stretched across four decades, ‘Patra Mitro’ follows the lives of Jawahar and Kalpana. In a series of letters, the two friends discuss the consequences of Independence. 9pm (duration: 2 hours). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road (2614-9546). Tickets Rs 100-150.
Suresh Sharma’s tautly directed production is a completely different experience from the recycled classics with which the theatre scene is awash. For one thing, the play isn’t based on something Franz Kafka wrote—it’s about the man himself. Asif Haider Ali’s script draws on Kafka’s diaries and the letters he wrote to his father, his other family members and his lovers, Felicia and Milena, to create an intense and harrowing portrait of the writer’s inner life. And Sajjad Hussain Khan brings to life a Kafka who moves from spiralling depression to dry wit and back again, playing the role with a degree of restraint that is all too rare. The play doesn’t attempt the impossible task of trying to tell you why Kafka was the way he was, it only attempts a portrayal of a remarkably interesting man who happens to have lived in historically interesting times—and in this, it succeeds admirably. 10 Jun: 3.30pm, 11 Jun: 7pm (duration: 1 hour 27 minutes). Abhimanch, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (2338-4531). Tickets: Rs 10-100.
Mumbaikars who make the annual pilgrimage to Delhi to attend the Osian’s-Cinefan festival of Asian cinema can apply for casual leave on 8 June . That’s when a select preview of this year’s festival will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai. In addition to featuring six films, the event will showcase posters, photographs, lobby cards and other artifacts from Osian’s archive of memorabilia. The day-long event is a teaser for the Osian’s-Cinefan festival that will take place in the Capital on 20 July, and will test Mumbai’s response to Osian’s way of doing things. For a full schedule, call Osian’s on 6632-4070. National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (6622-3737).